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Reach Higher: DirectComplete – Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Critical Occupations

Reach Higher: DirectComplete is a statewide degree completion program that includes degree programs connected with workforce development needs that align with Oklahoma’s 100 Critical Occupations list (PDF, 28k).

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will bring partners together to identify and leverage every available financial resource to ensure that adults who meet the following criteria can finish their degrees with minimal cost to themselves.

Student Requirements

  • Are aged 25-49.
  • Have annual income of below $75,000.
  • Have completed 75 percent of work toward an associate degree OR 50 percent toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on previous college work and completed all remedial work.
  • Sign a commitment form to pursue a degree connected with an occupation on Oklahoma’s 100 Critical Occupations list (PDF, 28k).
  • Complete the FAFSA.
  • Enroll in a minimum of six credit hours each semester in courses that meet degree requirements and complete the degree within two to three years.

Student Benefits

  • A Degree Completion Navigator to assist in all aspects of returning to complete the approved degree program.
  • Advisement about institutions offering the approved degree programs from the critical occupations list.
  • Assistance setting up and accounts.
  • Assistance completing the FAFSA annually.
  • Direct services for mentoring, coaching, advising, recognition, encouragement, identification with the program, etc.
  • Information to access services, such as child care, tutoring, emergency funding, book/fee assistance, transportation, nutritional assistance, housing assistance, etc.

Eligibility Periods

  • The associate degree eligibility period for students is two years (up to six semesters – fall, spring, summer).
  • The bachelor's degree eligibility period for students is three years (up to 10 semesters – fall, spring, summer).

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  • Commit to finishing your degree in a specific timeline.

  • Connect to financial resources, services and a dedicated program coordinator on your campus.

  • Complete an associate or bachelor's degree that is matched with one of the 100 critical occupations.

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